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Linux Wins The Security Showdown! Now What?

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Linux

Serdar Yegulalp: So now that Ubuntu Linux was "last man standing" in the PWN to OWN contest at CanSecWest, does this mean open source has it all over the competition when it comes to security? It can, and it ought to -- but it's not a guarantee. And we need to not think it is.

Microsoft's Great Besmirching

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Microsoft

linuxjournal.com: I have been covering Microsoft for over 25 years - I've even written a few books about Windows. During that time, I've developed a certain respect for a company that just doesn't give up, and whose ability to spin surpasses even that of politicians. It has finally gone further and attacked the system itself; in the process it has destroyed the credibility of the ISO, with serious knock-on consequences for the whole concept of open standards.

Also: As the Linux star rises, it seems the Microsoft star is falling

Setting up a nice looking KDE - For Beginners

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HowTos

planetoss.com: KDE is my preferred choice of desktop and every time I install a distribution I spend around an hour customizing it to my taste. Most of the distributions provide customized KDE but most of the customization go into the functional aspect of KDE.

Open Source Software Review: Dr. Divx

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Software

raiden.net: Periodically in my searching across the internet for better ways to do different things, especially large or cumbersome tasks, I stumble onto some of the most unlikely of programs. One of my most recent and intriguing finds is Dr. Divx, a video conversion tool that can transcode a wide range of formats into the divx format with great ease and quality.

New Zealand Votes No; Malaysia Tech Recommends Abstain: India Suggests; Australia Abstains

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OSS

groklaw.net: More news starting to come in. New Zealand votes No again. You cannot believe the pressure put on them to change the vote, but they did not, to their credit. Australia maintains the Abstain vote.

Splashtop “Instant On” motherboard

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Hardware

blogs.techrepublic.com: So I have had on my desk for about week now a sweet little ASUS laptop containing one of the new Splashtop motherboards. Don’t know what Splashtop is? Well Splashtop is a motherboard that contains, in the onboard memory, a special version of Linux (based on Small Linux - formerly tinyX) that runs right after the bios.

A quick look over SliTaz 1.0

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Linux

beranger.org: Distrowatch has recently put on the waiting list a very interesting tiny gem, SliTaz. I was intrigued by this distro, and I have tried it both as a LiveCD and as an installed system with my old laptop, HP Omnibook XE3, Celeron 850 MHz.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 246

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: First look at SliTaz GNU/Linux 1.0

  • News: Interview with Arch's Aaron Griffin, end of Automatix, installing Debian GNU/Linux 1.3
  • Released last week: KNOPPIX 5.3.1, Zenwalk Live 5.0
  • Upcoming releases: sidux 2008-01
  • New addition: Myrinix, SliTaz GNU/Linux
  • New distributions: Hellix/Linux, PC/OS, RTK GNU/Linux
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

If you have to ask, you shouldn’t try it

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Ubuntu

kmandla.wordpress: This is that time of year, when a lot of eager, well-meaning but somewhat out-of-their-league Ubuntu users get crazy and start installing the beta of the next release. I have two things to say to that.

Mozilla Turns 10 Today

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Moz/FF

blog.lizardwrangler.com: Today is a special day. March 31, 1998 is the date that Mozilla was officially launched. Today I want to look at our first ten years, and a bit at the next ten years.

Firefly extension turns Firefox into a file browser

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Moz/FF

linux.com: Nowadays, Web browsers can act as front ends to many other kinds of applications. For instance, if you want to browse and open the files on your hard drive from within Firefox, turn to the Firefly extension.

Gentoo 2008.0 beta still in progress

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Gentoo

gentoo.org: The 2008.0 beta is roughly a month behind the original tentative schedule. A number of factors contributed to this, including the migration to new release processes, the usual delays that affect most open-source projects.

Also: Not the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter, Chapter 8

One step forward: a review of GNOME 2.22

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Software

arstechnica.com: The latest release of the GNOME desktop environment includes a number of significant architectural enhancements and new applications that offer increased power and usability. Released after six months of intensive development, GNOME 2.22 will be included in Ubuntu 8.04 and Fedora 9, which are scheduled for release in April.

Is Ubuntu Really More Secure Than Mac / Vista?

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Linux

ibeentoubuntu.com: At the Pwn to Own competition, participants were awarded money and prizes for hacking into various operating systems, and Ubuntu came out as the winner over Mac OSX and MS Vista. Ubuntu was left standing, the apparent winner. And the crowd rejoiced. The blogosphere resounded with choruses of how great Ubuntu is. I say it's all BS.

Communicating With the Other Half: NTFS Support in Linux

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HowTos

linux-mag.com: NTFS support has been slow in coming to Linux. But new drivers are now available that enable you to read from, and even to write to, NTFS partitions, including removable media formatted with NTFS. We show you how.

Understanding the Ubuntu package repositories

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HowTos

bethesignal.org/blog: During a thread about daylight savings confusion here in Sydney, Martin Barry asked the SLUG list why updates to Ubuntu packages go into a separate “updates” repository. John Ferlito suggested that I blog my answer…

Is OOXML a Done Deal?

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OSS

internetnews.com: Despite a heated campaign to defeat International Organization for Standardization (ISO) status for Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML), over the weekend, even some staunch critics acknowledged that the company has likely garnered enough votes to win. However, that doesn't mean that they've given up the fight.

LiMo Foundation ready with mobile Linux OS

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Linux

news.com: Google's Android may get all the attention, but there's more than one industry consortium working to unify Linux development for mobile phones. The nonprofit LiMo Foundation plans to announce the launch of LiMo Platform Release 1 at the CTIA show in Las Vegas Monday.

Two out of three ain't bad

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OS

itwire.com: Of the three notebooks up for grabs in the PWN2OWN competition at CanSecWest, only two were hacked and won. But what does that say about the security of the operating systems they were running?

Full-throttle Productivity and Web-Work With Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

anywired.com: If blogs are to be believed, it would seem that every aspect of the web worker’s life revolves around one Apple product or another. For the purpose of structure I’ll break the article into two parts. The first will discuss how Linux can be just as application-rich, in terms of usefulness, as OS X or Windows. In the second half, I’ll cover various productivity-boosting apps.

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    At OpenStack Summit in Boston last May, some speculated that the event might be the last gasp for OpenStack — an open-source platform for cloud computing and infrastructure-as-service. Granted, OpenStack was one of the less hyped open-source projects of the past year. But renewed community and end-user interest is breathing fresh life into the platform, according to Rob Young (pictured), senior manager of virtualization product and strategy at Red Hat Inc. Telcos and others are adopting OpenStack “because of the simplification of what was once complex, but also in the cost savings that can be realized by managing your own cloud within a hybrid cloud environment,” Young said.
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